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Week 8 Top 25 Recap and My Top 25

Maybe ranked teams shouldn’t play on the road, at night.

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide 58, Tennessee Volunteers 21

Tua threw for 306 yards, 4 touchdowns and the game was 28-0 at the end of the first quarter. Death Star Alabama is no fun for college football.

Purdue Boilermakers 49, #2 Ohio State Buckeyes 20

14-3 at halftime turn into 21-6 in the third. Good teams get better at the end. Purdue scored 28 points in the fourth quarter.

#3 Clemson Tigers 41, #16 N.C. State Wolfpack 7

Senior Ryan Finley threw for 156 yards, 2 interceptions in the Textile Bowl. Freshman Trevor Lawrence threw for 308 and a touchdown.

#5 LSU Tigers 19, #22 Mississippi State Bulldogs 3

As an Ole Miss fan/alum, I am supposed to hate LSU but these helmets are amazeballs. And LSU beat an overrated Miss State squad.

#6 Michigan Wolverines 21, #24 Michigan State Spartans 7

Jim Harbaugh finally gets a convincing rivalry win. And Michigan is now the leader in the Big 10.

#9 Oklahoma Sooners 52, TCU Horned Frogs 27

At half this was a 28-24 game. TCU pulled quarterback Shawn Robinson and Oklahoma scored 24 points after half; TCU scored 3.

#10 UCF Knights 37, East Carolina 10

The nation’s longest winning streak continues.

#25 Washington State Cougars 34, #12 Oregon Ducks 20

Washington State is now the only Pac-12 team with only one loss. Mike Leach for College Football Playoffs.

#14 Kentucky Wildcats 14, Vanderbilt Commodores 7

Benny Snell Jr ran for 169 yards and a touchdown in a game that I didn’t watch because it is still Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

#18 Penn State Nittany Lions 33, Indiana Hoosiers 28

This game is weird in that it wasn’t really as close as the score indicates but the normally stout PSU defense is very suspect.

#19 Iowa Hawkeyes 23, Maryland Terrapins 0

Maryland ran a jet sweep. The receiver ran into the quarterback, causing him to fumble the ball. In his attempt to recover the ball, he kicked it into the endzone where Iowa recovered. This team beat Texas.

Temple 24, #20 Cincinatti 17

This could be you Mountaineer fans, playing in the American, finally ranked with some respect only to lose to Temple on the road.

#21 South Florida Bulls 38, UConn Huskies 30

Uconn is awful but didn’t look that bad against South Florida. Not sure what that says.

#23 Wisconsin Badgers 49, Illinois Illini 20

With all the weight of pressures removed from them, the Badgers look like themselves again. Some teams can’t handle expectations.

My Top 25.

  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. Michigan
  4. Clemson
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Texas
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Georgia
  9. Ohio State
  10. UCF
  11. Florida
  12. West Virginia
  13. Kentucky
  14. Washington
  15. Texas A&M
  16. Iowa
  17. Penn State
  18. South Florida
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Washington State
  21. Temple
  22. Houson
  23. Buffalo
  24. Colorado
  25. USC

The number one team in the land has played one ranked team, at home and won that game 45-23. The number two team, in my rankings, has played five ranked teams, winning four of them. The score in those five games is 129-84, or 25-16. LSU has the best resume and as a fan of pure chaos, would love to see them make the playoffs over someone just f’n because.

Michigan has looked better and better and my feeling is that if ND and Michigan played 10 more times, Michigan would win that game more than ND would. I don’t really believe in ND or Clemson and think they’ll be exposed by any number of teams when they get to the playoffs.

The bottom half of the top 25 is hard as hell to fill out. Do you put in a team from the American who is 7-1 or do you put in a 5-2/4-3 team from a Power 5 conference? I don’t know because I like to reward teams that are winning but in reality do I think Colorado would beat Auburn? Not really. Heck Texas Tech would likely hang 40 on the Buffs.